Gateshead Council

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Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 19 Total councillors 54 ChangeNo results

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 12 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2014

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School closure plan sees rejig of Gateshead catchment areas

Local Democracy Reporting Service

New school catchment areas have been drawn up in Gateshead following the announcement that Felling's Thomas Hepburn Academy will close.

The school, which has 750 pupils on its roll, has been earmarked for closure by summer 2019 after years of poor Ofsted reports and falling numbers, meaning pupils who attend "filter schools" will need to be found places elsewhere.

Children going to Bede, Brandling, Colegate, Falla Park or Windy Nook primary schools will be in the catchment area for Heworth Grange from September 2019.

Those attending Carr Hill, Fell Dyke and South Street primary schools will be in the Joseph Swan catchment area from September 2019.

A public consultation into the plans will be held by Gateshead Council.

Thomas Hepburn Academy
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Little-used car park 'not just for festival visitors'

Laura Hill

Local Democracy Reporter

Gateshead Council has said a £700,000 car park it built before granting itself permission was not just for the Great Exhibition of the North, after it has stood almost empty since the event opened.

The authority blamed urgency for the oversight, when it emerged that the 550-space facility in Quarryfield Road had been built without official approval, which was then granted retrospectively.

Although it has remained little-used in the aftermath of the exhibition's opening, the council says it will be more busy when the area is developed.

A spokesperson said: "We knew we were likely to lose parking spaces on the quays for events connected to the Great Exhibition of the North, and also that the starting points for two of the three trails were in Gateshead.

"We therefore wanted to provide alternative parking for the public, and quickly. But we never intended this car park to be purely for the exhibition.

"We are anticipating a series of major new developments right across the Gateshead Quays area which will not only remove large number of existing parking spaces but will create huge new demand for more."

Gateshead car park
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Great North Exhibition car park permission granted with one day to go

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A £700,000 Great Exhibition of the North car park has been approved by planners despite already being built.

Council bosses blamed "urgency and officers' oversight" for pressing ahead with the 555-space facility in Gateshead without planning permission.

The car park is intended initially for the 11-week exhibition.

Quarryfield Road
BBC

Members of the council's planning committee voted unanimously to grant retrospective five-year planning permission with one day to go.

Labour councillor Michael Hood said retrospective applications were "frustrating" but he was "satisfied" by the council's explanation.

"I don't think they have done anything underhand," he said.

Public urged to get behind efforts to bring Channel 4 to the North East

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Leaders on Tyneside have urged the public to get behind efforts to bring Channel 4 to the North East as they prepare for a visit from the broadcaster.

It was revealed last month that a joint-bid from Newcastle and Gateshead could house a new ‘creative hub’ for Channel 4, despite missing out on the chance to become its new headquarters.

Bid chiefs are now getting ready for stage two of the pitch process, which involves a visit from Channel 4 representatives in early July, and want people to show their support for their #4theNE social media campaign.

The Gateshead Quays and the Newcastle Helix development were previously identified as possible sites for Channel 4 to move to, but Tyneside bid chiefs have said there will be other potential locations available depending on the broadcaster’s requirements.

Channel 4
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We’re a region with so much to be proud of, and now it’s time we shouted about it. Newcastle and Gateshead sit at the heart of a modern, digital UK, and as we prepare to welcome Channel 4 I’d urge everyone to get behind the campaign and show off the Tyneside we love and the people who make it so successful.”

Councillor Nick ForbesLeader of Newcastle City Council

The winning bids for both the Channel 4 headquarters and two creative hubs will be revealed in October.

The Tyneside bid is up against Belfast, Brighton, Nottingham, Sheffield, and Stoke-on-Trent.

Great Exhibition car park built without planning permission

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

A £700,000 car park for the Great Exhibition of the North has been built without official approval, it has been revealed.

Gateshead Council blamed "urgency and officers' oversight" for pressing ahead with the local authority-run 555-space car park at the Baltic Business Quarter.

They had to seek belated approval for the project from the council's cabinet on Tuesday morning and will discover on Wednesday evening whether they have secured retrospective planning permission.

The temporary car park in Quarryfield Road is primarily intended to serve the extra visitors coming to Tyneside for the Great Exhibition of the North, which starts this Friday. Bu it is expected to have a lifespan of five years.

The council says it will help mitigate the future loss of the Mill Road and South Shore Road car parks when further development on the Quayside goes ahead.

The car park proposal will come before the Gateshead Council's planning committee at its meeting fthis evening, where it is recommended for approval.

Quarryfield car park
BBC

The Felling bypass is fully reopened

It's a day for celebration for drivers - after months of delays and disruption, the Felling bypass in Gateshead is fully reopened.

The northbound road has been down to a single lane since January while safety work was carried out to repair the concrete bridges underneath the old Heworth roundabout.

The junction had been due to be opened yesterday but there was a 24-hour delay so it was this morning. Gateshead Council said it was still eight weeks ahead of schedule.

Waste collector's vehicle seized in Sunderland

Enforcement officers from Gateshead Council have seized a vehicle suspected of being involved in illegal waste and scrap collection.

A number of residents in Gateshead had complained of scrap being removed from people's premises without their permission.

Enforcement officers carried out an investigation following reports of a vehicle driving down lanes with someone standing on the roof looking over the walls.

The vehicle was seized at an address in Easington Lane in Sunderland.